The experience of Amani’s management team in DRC and in Rwanda has shown that the most viable approach to addressing barriers to sustainable development is through public private partnerships.
Only within a cooperative framework are the skills and knowledge of every partner in the project made available for the benefit of all involved, including the business partner.
Everyone involved in the partnership is aware that the benefits which will flow are not just going one way as this just perpetuates dependence with little opportunity for the growth of independence. Only through a partnership of respect for each other comes empowerment and equality.
In a country historically riven by suspicion and sabotage, establishing trust, communication channels and relationships with both indigenous and foreign organisations are essential prerogatives if both individuals and communities are to go forward from a broken background.